Sneak attack: The latest kicks for sport & fitness

A whole host of hot new sneakers are about hit the market. We review a few of the releases you can expect in the coming weeks and months…

PUMA Hybrid range

The PUMA HYBRID family welcomes a trio of new members, the HYBRID Astro, HYBRID Fuego and HYBRID Sky.

While each shoes boasts unique technologies, different benefits and contrasting designs, they all feature HYBRID FOAM.

HYBRID FOAM is a gamechanger because when running PUMA’s IGNITE FOAM reacts first on impact, providing instant energy return. Then, NRGY beads act to provide the ultimate cushioning, giving back to the IGNITE FOAM, which absorbs the energy, creating a rebound effect during the toe-off phase. The result is cushioning and energy return for your longer runs.


The HYBRID Astro is built for shifting your run into high gear, HYBRID FOAM delivers heel-to-toe cushioning and energy return on impact (R2,299, available from 21 July 2019).

The HYBRID Fuego (pictured left) is a versatile running shoe perfect for pre-performance warmups and everyday gym sessions (R1,399, available from 1 July 2019).

The HYBRID Sky is a versatile training shoe (R1,999, available from 14 July 2019).

Adidas Pulseboost HD

Adidas has created a new boost innovation for urban runners: The Pulseboost HD. It’s the first silhouette to offer Boost HD, an evolution of adidas’s iconic midsole technology.

This innovation in Boost technology is engineered for more stability with the same unrivalled energy return and comfort. Sitting lower to the ground, the Pulseboost HD is more agile with a completely new package of performance benefits for runners.

The ContinentalAdaptive Traxion is a new ContinentalRubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, delivering maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.

Adapt Knit is a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.

Available at adidas retail stores and online at a retail price of R2299.


Built on the fundamentals of a great running shoe, with the essentials like cushioning and responsiveness combine to form PUMA’s HYBRID FOAM.

With a sock-like upper and 3D-engineered propulsion plate, SPEED Orbiter is fully stacked with everything you need to go the distance.

PUMA’s HYBRID FOAM combines IGNITE FOAM and NRGY beads for instant cushioning and responsiveness.

An engineered PROPLATE offers a reflex toe-off to propel you faster, while an engineered knitted upper creates a sock-like feel.

PUMA’s DIN40 performance outsole rubber offers max traction and durability.

Available from 1 August 2019 at PUMA and selected retailers for R2,499 (wns version).

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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